Definitions for assignəˈsaɪn

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary


  1. to give or allocate:

    to assign rooms at a hotel.

  2. to give out or announce as a task:

    to assign homework.

  3. to appoint, as to a post or duty.

  4. to designate; name; specify:

    to assign a day for a meeting.

  5. to bring forward; ascribe; attribute:

    to assign a cause.

  6. Law. to transfer (property, esp. in trust).

    Category: Law

  7. (v.i.)Law. to transfer property, esp. in trust or for the benefit of creditors.

    Category: Law

  8. (n.)Often, assigns.Law. a person to whom another's property is transferred; assignee.

    Category: Law

* Syn: assign , allocate , allot mean to apportion or measure out. To assign is to distribute available things, designating them to be given to or reserved for specific persons or purposes: to assign duties. To allocate is to earmark or set aside parts of things available or expected in the future, each for a specific purpose: to allocate income to various expenses. To allot implies making restrictions as to amount, size, etc., and then apportioning or assigning: to allot spaces for parking.

Origin of assign:

1250–1300; ME < OF assigner < L assignāre. See as -, sign

as•sign′erə saɪˈnɔr, ˌæs əˈnɔr(n.)

as•sign•orə saɪˈnɔr, ˌæs əˈnɔr(n.)

Princeton's WordNet

  1. delegate, designate, depute, assign(verb)

    give an assignment to (a person) to a post, or assign a task to (a person)

  2. assign, allot, portion(verb)

    give out

    "We were assigned new uniforms"

  3. impute, ascribe, assign, attribute(verb)

    attribute or credit to

    "We attributed this quotation to Shakespeare"; "People impute great cleverness to cats"

  4. assign, specify, set apart(verb)

    select something or someone for a specific purpose

    "The teacher assigned him to lead his classmates in the exercise"

  5. put, assign(verb)

    attribute or give

    "She put too much emphasis on her the last statement"; "He put all his efforts into this job"; "The teacher put an interesting twist to the interpretation of the story"

  6. arrogate, assign(verb)

    make undue claims to having

  7. assign(verb)

    transfer one's right to

  8. assign, attribute(verb)

    decide as to where something belongs in a scheme

    "The biologist assigned the mushroom to the proper class"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. assign(verb)əˈsaɪn

    to give a job or a duty

    She has been assigned to the role of group leader.

  2. assignəˈsaɪn

    to set aside for a particular purpose

    to assign $10,000 to the project


  1. assign(Noun)

    An assignee.

  2. assign(Verb)

    To designate or set apart something for some purpose.

  3. assign(Verb)

    To appoint or select someone for some office.

  4. assign(Verb)

    To allot or give something as a task.

  5. assign(Verb)

    To attribute or sort something into categories.

  6. assign(Verb)

    To transfer property, a legal right, etc., from one person to another.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Assign(verb)

    to appoint; to allot; to apportion; to make over

  2. Assign(verb)

    to fix, specify, select, or designate; to point out authoritatively or exactly; as, to assign a limit; to assign counsel for a prisoner; to assign a day for trial

  3. Assign(verb)

    to transfer, or make over to another, esp. to transfer to, and vest in, certain persons, called assignees, for the benefit of creditors

  4. Assign

    a thing pertaining or belonging to something else; an appurtenance

  5. Assign(noun)

    a person to whom property or an interest is transferred; as, a deed to a man and his heirs and assigns

Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms

  1. assign

    1. To place units or personnel in an organization where such placement is relatively permanent, and/or where such organization controls and administers the units or personnel for the primary function, or greater portion of the functions, of the unit or personnel. 2. To detail individuals to specific duties or functions where such duties or functions are primary and/or relatively permanent. See also attach.

British National Corpus

  1. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'assign' in Verbs Frequency: #770

Translations for assign

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


to give to someone as his share or duty

They assigned the task to us.

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